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J Rehabil Res Dev. 2001 May-Jun;38(3):319-25.

Recreational activities of lower-limb amputees with prostheses.

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VA Center of Excellence for Limb-Loss Prevention and Prosthetic Engineering, RR&D, Seattle, WA 98108, USA.


Ninety-two (92) persons with lower-limb amputations who regularly used prostheses responded to a survey that included questions about preferred recreational activities. This article describes the variety of activities selected by these men and women aged 20 to 87 years. Of the activities that were of high importance, 74% to 88% could be performed. Those activities assigned moderate to low importance were less often reported as able to be performed. The activities that require high energy level were more problematic for performance. The diversity of identified activities (n= 166) underscores the value of learning about amputees' activity preferences when making prosthetic prescription decisions.

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